I.V.E. -- Instituto del Verbo Encarnado
What? Who are they? Never heard of them!
Wait a sec! In Espanol, I.V.E. is pronounced "e bay!" Did Bishop Harrington buy them on the eBay auction page.
No, he just got busy when he found out that the Jesuits were going to leave the parish of St. Peter and Paul in Mankato after 130 years. He called on his contacts in Rome and told them his needs. Good for him. No merging of parishes necessary in this case.
The Institute of the Incarnate Word, often referred to as "the IVE" (from the Spanish "Instituto del Verbo Encarnado") is a Catholic men's religious congregation founded in Argentina on March 25, 1984 by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela.*
We bear the name "of the Incarnate Word" in recognition of the central mystery of our Faith, and indeed, the axis around which man's entire existence must be understood, the Incarnation of the Son of God. Our charism is broad based, we seek to inculturate the Gospel, to evangelize all cultures in order to bring Christ to the entirety of man and to all of mankind. We are, therefore, a missionary order, and we seek to cultivate an authentic and fervent missionary spirit whether we are working in the United States or Sudan or Pakistan, trying always to use those elements of culture which are noble and are in keeping with the spirit of the Gospel, and to reject those which are detrimental to the Catholic faith, and therefore, to the good of man. Thus we work in many different apostolates: as parish priests, running orphanages, teaching in seminaries and in various intellectual apostolates, seeking always to sow the Faith in absolute fidelity to the Church and Her magisterial teaching, and avoiding the false lures of relativism, synchretism, materialism, and the like. In all of these apostolates and in everything that we do, we want to live out the virtues of emptying oneself kenosis: humility, justice, sacrifice, poverty, long suffering, obedience, merciful love: simply put, to "take up the cross" in imitation of Christ.
We are a clerical institute, and therefore most of our members are priests, however, we also have a number of religious brothers. In addition, our congregation has two branches, one which is apostolic and one which is contemplative: about 10% of our members are monks. We currently have approximately 325 priests and 350 men in formation in our congregation worldwide.
The other parts of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word are our religious sisters, who are called the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara (SSVM) and the Third Order, which is composed of lay men and women: married, single and consecrated. St Peter & Paul, Mankato
Thanks to the Ironic Catholic for the "eBay" angle.